"Our mission is to help students maximise their ability to communicate effectively with people from other countries and to understand their cultures, attitudes and customs, thereby developing the whole child. By teaching a modern foreign language, we contribute to the student’s cultural education and their understanding of British values. They learn that many societies are multi-lingual. We teach them about festivals and customs related to the countries in which the language is spoken. 

“A different language is a different vision of life”

In MFL we believe in developing communicative skills and encouraging intercultural knowledge and understanding.  We hope to open students’ minds to different cultures and to nurture a lifelong passion for language learning.Learning a foreign language at JWA will enable you to;

Fall in love with the subject.

Learn to speak and understand other people no matter where they are from.

Travel to new places around the world.

Meet new people and discover new cultures.

Stand out from the crowd.

Understand your own language and make it easier to learn others.

Have fun learning about a wide range of topics from shopping, to sport, to food and entertainment.

Increase your brain capacity and have better memory too.

It's an impressive achievement to speak a foreign language and you'll have better options for your future!"

Subject Area:




Head of Subject:

Miss J Macdonald


Teaching staff:

Miss C Glaves (Vice Principal)


Yr 11 Course Title

GCSE French/ GCSE German


KS4 Exam Board and Course Number

AQA GCSE French 4655

AQA GCSE German 4665

Coursework and Exam Percentages

The students complete 2x written controlled assessments which make 30% of the final mark.

The students complete 2x spoken controlled   assessments which make 30% of the final mark.

At the end of the course, students take a listening (20%) and a reading (20%) examination. Each skill is tiered at foundation or higher level.


KS4 Course Details:

Year 9 -1st year of GCSE

Year 10 - 2nd year of GCSE

Year 11 - 3rd year of GCSE


Personal information, leisure, holidays, media and the local environment. Ongoing focus on speaking and listening, reading and writing tasks.

Education and future plans, social issues, healthy lifestyles and relationships. Ongoing focus on speaking and listening, reading and writing tasks and mock exams.

New technology, environment, jobs and holidays.Examination preparation, revision, exam skills and revision techniques.


KS3 Course Overview

Throughout Key Stage 3, we aim to build on the language skills that students have learnt throughout Key Stage 2. Students in year 7 study French and German. Students then opt at the end of year 8 for which language they wish to continue to GCSE. We develop students listening, speaking, reading and writing skills together actively promoting cultural awareness and British values. We use a wide variety of authentic resources, including video and podcasts, together with linguascope online resources to support student learning.


KS3 Course Details

Year 7 and 8

 Reading skills, phonics, all about me, healthy lifestyles, media, school life, projects. Ongoing focus on grammar, independance in learning, group-work and presentations.


Activities within subject area:

An annual trip to Paris for years 8,9,10 and 11.

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